Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, Orr

The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, located approximately two hours northwest of Duluth, and approximately thirty minutes from Orr, is operated and managed by The American Bear Association (ABA). The mission of the ABA is to promote a better understanding of black bears and all wildlife through education, observation and experience.

The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary consists of 360 acres of forested land home to a large number of bears who visit frequently, thereby providing a unique opportunity to observe them.
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  • Even though you know the bears are being fed and are going to come anyway, the experience of seeing them up close and personal with no fences can can not be beat. I have seen bears in the wild, and I....  more »
  • This was my first time to see the bears and it was nice to see them interact with one another and roam around without being in a cage. It's very apparent that the staff and volunteers care very much.....  more »
  • I was here years ago, back when Vince was alive and this was only his house. The bears would come and eat out of your hands, but its MUCH safer and controlled now. We brought the kids and had a fun time looking at the bears. It did end up raining, and there is little refuge aside from the gift shop which quickly became packed. Overall, while we thought it was cool, being that we live in the area, it wasn't as cool as we see them anyway, just not as close. If you live somewhere you will never see a bear, aside from a zoo, its a great vacation stop.
  • To me this place felt is more like a zoo without a fence around it. The facilities are generally nice, the staff friendly, and the bears are fun to see but if you have been to other bear watching destinations or have seen a number of bears in the wild before, then about 30 minutes here will probably suffice. Enjoy, but don't expect it to be a Katmai, Glacier, or Jasper. More like cousin Eddie's backyard bird feeder. Fun, yes. But know what to expect.

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